The Crucifixion of the Warrior God

The Crucifixion of the Warrior God Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 9781506420769
Release 2017-04-17
Pages 1492
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A dramatic tension confronts every Christian believer and interpreter of Scripture: on the one hand, we encounter images of God commanding and engaging in horrendous violence: one the other hand, we encounter the non-violent teachings and example of Jesus, whose loving, self-sacrificial death and resurrection is held up as the supreme revelation of God’s character in the New Testament. How do we reconcile the tension between these seemingly disparate depictions? Are they even capable of reconciliation? Throughout Christian history, many different answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different ‘gods’ to recent social and cultural theories of metaphor and narrative representation. The Crucifixion of the Warrior God takes up this dramatic tension and the range of proposed answers in an epic constructive investigation. Over two volumes, renowned theologian and biblical scholar Gregory A. Boyd argues that we must take seriously the full range of Scripture as inspired, including its violent depictions of God. At the same time, we must take just as seriously the absolute centrality of the crucified and risen Christ as the supreme revelation of God. Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a “cruciform hermeneutic,” Boyd demonstrates how Scripture’s violent images of God are completely reframed and their violence subverted when they are interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. Indeed, when read through this lens, Boyd argues that these violent depictions can be shown to bear witness to the same self-sacrificial character of God that was supremely revealed on the cross.



The Crucifixion of the Warrior God

The Crucifixion of the Warrior God Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 1506420753
Release 2017-04-01
Pages 670
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The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, in an epic constructive investigation, takes up the set of dramatic tensions between depictions of divinely sanctioned violence in Scripture and the message and life of peace of Jesus centering the New Testament. Over two volumes, author Gregory A. Boyd argues that we must take seriously the full range of Scripture as inspired, and the centrality of the crucified and risen Christ as the supreme revelation of God.



God at War

God at War Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 9780830898305
Release 2014-07-18
Pages 418
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In this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy. By Boyd's estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine's response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious "good" purposes of God. Accordingly, modern Christians are inclined not to expect evil and so are baffled but resigned when it occurs. New Testament writers, on the other hand, were inclined to expect evil and fight against it. Modern Christians attempt to intellectually understand evil, whereas New Testament writers grappled with overcoming evil. Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that Satan has been in an age-long (but not eternal) battle against God, and that this conflict "is a major dimension of the ultimate canvas against which everything within the biblical narrative, from creation to the eschaton, is to be painted and therefore understood." No less edifying than it is provocative, God at War will reward the careful attention of scholars, pastors, students and educated laypersons alike.



Is God to Blame

Is God to Blame Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 0830823948
Release 2003-09-09
Pages 211
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A pastoral theologian challenges traditional assumptions about God and suffering, arguing that God's glory is revealed not as compelling power but as sacrificial love.



Satan and the Problem of Evil

Satan and the Problem of Evil Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 0830815503
Release 2001-10-08
Pages 456
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Gregory Boyd seeks to defend his scripturally grounded trinitarian warfare theod-icy with rigorous philosophical reflection and insights from human experience and scientific discovery.



The Violence of Scripture

The Violence of Scripture Author Eric A. Seibert
ISBN-10 9781451424324
Release 2012
Pages 232
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No one can read far in the Old Testament without encountering numerous acts of violence that are sanctioned in the text and attributed to both God and humans. Over the years, these texts have been used to justify all sorts of violence: from colonizing people and justifying warfare, to sanctioning violence against women and children. Eric Seibert confrons the problem of "virtuous" violence and urges people to engage in an ethically responsible reading of these troublesome texts. He offers a variety of reading strategies designed to critique textually sanctioned violence, while still finding ways to use even the most difficult texts constructively, thus providing a desperately needed approach to the violence of Scripture that can help us live more peaceably in a world plagued by religious violence. --from publisher description



Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity

Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity Author Gregory Boyd
ISBN-10 9781441214966
Release 1992-06-01
Pages 234
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What's special about Oneness Pentecostals? In this penetrating analysis of Oneness theology and practice, Gregory Boyd reveals the experience of four years of personal involvement in a Oneness church. Although Oneness Pentecostals' belief in Christ's deity establishes some common ground with other Christians, their aggressive denial of the Trinity has nonetheless fostered their indisputably sub-Christian ideas about God's character, about salvation, and about Christian living.



Present Perfect

Present Perfect Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 9780310560623
Release 2010-04-20
Pages 176
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Finding God’s presence in everyday moments is fundamental to every Christian’s life. It’s also one of the areas that millions of American Christians struggle with most. Popular author, theologian, and pastor Gregory Boyd knows this firsthand. After two decades of teaching, preaching, and welcoming the presence of God, Boyd considers himself a fellow pilgrim with his readers, whom he invites to join him on the journey. Christians will discover the transforming power of God’s presence as he distills the teachings of classical spiritual giants such as Brother Lawrence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Frank Laubach in this thoughtful and accessible Ebook. Boyd writes simply and clearly, making his ideas accessible to nonacademic readers. His practical suggestions for implementing the presence of God into daily living move his meditations from purely theoretical to effective, down-to-earth, and doable. Read these meditations prayerfully. Apply the practical suggestions. See the results. Embrace the “holy habit” of inviting God’s presence into your life and experience true spiritual transformation.



Show Them No Mercy

Show Them No Mercy Author C. S. Cowles
ISBN-10 9780310873761
Release 2010-06-01
Pages 224
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A discussion of various contemporary evangelical views of genocide in the Old Testament. Christians are often shocked to read that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, commanded the total destruction—all men, women, and children—of the ethnic group know as the Canaanites. This seems to contradict Jesus’ command in the New Testament to love your enemies and do good to all people. How can Yahweh be the same God as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? What does genocide in the Bible have to do with the politics of the 21st century? This book explores, in typical Counterpoints format, the Old Testament command of God to exterminate the Canaanite population and what that implies about continuity between the Old and New Testaments. The four points of view presented on the continuity of the Testaments are: • Strong Discontinuity — C . S. Cowles • Moderate Discontinuity — Eugene H. Merrill • piritual Continuity — Tremper Longman III • Eschatological Continuity — Daniel L. Gard The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.



The Uncontrolling Love of God

The Uncontrolling Love of God Author Thomas Jay Oord
ISBN-10 9780830899012
Release 2015-12-09
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Rarely does a new theological position emerge to account well for life in the world, including not only goodness and beauty but also tragedy and randomness. Drawing from Scripture, science, philosophy and various theological traditions, Thomas Jay Oord offers a novel theology of providence—essential kenosis—that emphasizes God's inherently noncoercive love in relation to creation. The Uncontrolling Love of God provides a clear and powerful response to one of the perennial challenges to Christian faith.



I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible

I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible Author Heiser, Michael S.
ISBN-10 9781577995678
Release 2014-01-20
Pages 232
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The Bible is filled with passages that are so baffling we tend to ignore them. Yet the passages that seem weird might be the most important. This collection of essays from Bible Study Magazine will shock you, intrigue you, and completely change the way you view the Bible. Dr. Michael S. Heiser visits some of the Bible's most obscure passages, unveiling their ancient context to help you interpret them today. Read this book, and you'll never be bored by the Bible again. Part One: Old Testament The Ancient's Guide to the Galaxy Walk Like an Israelite Even the Bible Needed Upgrading Spellchecking the Bible Why Circumcision? The Abandoned Child and the Basket Case A Tale of Courage We Never Teach Counting the Ten Commandments Is There Really a Sin Offering? There's a Devil in the Details Love Potion: Numbers 5 Is My Bible Right? The Most Horrific Bible Story Righting a Wrong When Giants Walked the Earth The Divine Arrow Promise Undelivered? Sanctified Dirt 1003 BC Census: Who Authorized It-God or Satan? Cookin' the Books Slaying the Sea Monster Does God Need a Co-Signer? The Witness in the Clouds Who Wrote the Book of Proverbs? Immanuel's Mother: Virgin or Not? Standing in the Council Jeremiah: Double Vision? Why the Ark of the Covenant Will Never Be Found He, Him, Me, Myself, and I Bizarre Visions for the Worst of Times Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Answer the Canon Question? Part Two: New Testament Burying Hell My Guardian Angel The New Testament Misquotes the Old Testament? "I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning": When? The Healing Serpent Who Took Verse 4 out of My Bible? What Walking on Water Really Means Born Again ... and Again and Again? Dumbledore Meets Philip & Peter Paul's Lost Letters Destiny & Destination A Female Apostle Signed, Sealed, and Delivered-to Satan? Treason & Translation Charlton Heston Had Company When Abraham Met Jesus How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back? What's Jesus Waiting For? God's Right-Hand Woman? Wisdom in Hebrews Baptism as Spiritual Warfare Jesus Is God: Jude and Peter Tell Me So When Angels Do Time Tough Love Jesus, God, a.k.a., The Name 666: What Theories Add Up? Perspective Changes Everything Constantine, Conspiracy, and the Canon



The Crucified God

The Crucified God Author Jürgen Moltmann
ISBN-10 9780334053309
Release 2015-07-31
Pages 384
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Jürgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God is one of the most influential theological books of the twentieth century and a classic to be found on every reading list on Christian doctrine.Arguably the most powerful of Moltmann's books. The Crucified God is a seminal work on the crucifixion and its significance. The book takes death, despair and dreadfulness, the dark side of the human condition, with total seriousness and relates these to a liberating hope of redemption through divine agony and suffering. Influential for many years, especially with political and liberation theologians, but also much more widely, the book represents a concentrated blast of hard-edged doctrinal reflection and will continue to inspire upcoming generations who take seriously the life-changing notion that 'God was in Christ.' Reissued with a new foreword by the author himself.



The End of Religion

The End of Religion Author Bruxy Cavey
ISBN-10 9781615215027
Release 2014-02-27
Pages 272
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In The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey shares that relationship has no room for religion. Believers and seekers alike will discover anew the wondrous promise found in our savior. And Christ’s eternal call to walk in love and freedom will resonate with readers of all ages and denominations.



Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt Author Gregory A. Boyd
ISBN-10 9781441244543
Release 2013-09-15
Pages 272
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In Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. Readers who wrestle with their faith will welcome Boyd's message that experiencing a life-transforming relationship with Christ is possible, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics. Boyd shares stories of his own painful journey, and stories of those to whom he has ministered, with a poignant honesty that will resonate with readers of all ages.



God Is a Warrior

God Is a Warrior Author Tremper Longman III
ISBN-10 9780310877332
Release 2010-08-10
Pages 224
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God Is a Warrior traces the development of the "divine warrior" motif through the Old and New Testaments, beginning with Israel's conflicts with her enemies and ending with Christ's victorious return in Revelation. Against the broader background of Ancient Near Eastern warrior mythology, Part I discusses Yahweh's warfare on behalf of ancient Israel, and prophecies of the coming Divine Deliverer. Part II looks at the New Testament's Divine Warrior, Jesus Christ, and his war against his spiritual enemies in the Synoptic Gospels, in Paul's letters, and in the final apocalyptic battle in the book of Revelation.



Reviving Old Scratch

Reviving Old Scratch Author Richard Beck
ISBN-10 9781506401362
Release 2016-06-03
Pages 200
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The devil has fallen on hard times. Surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt Satan’s existence. Burdened by doubts, skeptical believers find themselves divorced from Jesus’ dramatic confrontation with Satan in the Gospels and from the struggle that galvanized the early church. In Reviving Old Scratch, popular blogger and theologian Richard Beck reintroduces the devil to the modern world with a biblical, bold, and urgent vision of spiritual warfare: we must resist the devil by joining the kingdom of God’s subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love. Beck shows how conservative Christians too often overspiritualize the devil and demons, and progressive Christians reduce these forces to social justice issues. By understanding evil as a very real force in the world, we are better able to name it for what it is and thus to combat it as Jesus did. Beck’s own work in a prison Bible study and at a church for recovering addicts convinced him to take Satan more seriously, and they provide compelling illustrations as he challenges the contemporary—and strangely safe—versions of evil forces. The beliefs of liberals and conservatives alike will be tested by Beck’s groundbreaking ideas, fascinating stories, and clear thinking. Because if Jesus took Satan seriously, says Beck, then so should we.



The Atonement of God

The Atonement of God Author J. D. Myers
ISBN-10 9781939992444
Release 2016-03-21
Pages 232
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Did Jesus die so that God could forgive us for our sins? Many believe so. The most ancient view of the atonement teaches that Jesus did not die to appease the wrath of God or gain forgiveness for human sin, but rather to defeat sin, death, and the devil, and reveal to us the unconditional love and grace of God. This was a Non-Violent view of the atonement. Yes, the death of Jesus was violent, but the violence was not because God needed blood to pay the debt of sin. It is not God who killed Jesus to satisfy God’s wrath toward sin. Jesus died for completely different reasons. Due to various circumstances in church history, this view fell out of favor for much of Christian history, but Non-Violent views of the atonement are making a comeback today. In this book, J. D. Myers presents three of the common violent views of the atonement, and then explains and defends the core ideas of the Non-Violent view, which is often referred to as the Christus Victor view. Following this explanation of the Non-Violent view of the atonement, J. D. Myers shows how this view of the atonement sheds light on numerous other areas of theology as well, such as our view of God, Scripture, humanity, sin, forgiveness, violence, and justice. A Non-Violent view of the atonement has great ramifications on nearly every area of theology. Read this book so that your life and theology will look more like Jesus Christ. This book also includes studies on how to understand the wrath of God in Scripture and the meaning of Hebrews 9:22.